In compiling my ratings of the high school girls last week, I completed Class AAAA and got no further. It's a big job. Seeing the error of my ways, I figure I might as well just do 1 rating with all 4 classes. So that's what I've done this week for the boys.
Boys Top 20 1-15-12
1. Eastview 13-0. Up from #2 after what has to be one of the most productive weeks any Minnesota high school basketball team has ever had. The Lightning beat #4AAAA Lakeville North and #3AAAA Apple Valley on the road, then hammered the undefeated, defending Wisconsin big school champ, Madison Memorial, 64-37 on a neutral court, but a neutral court in Wisconsin. You could have made good money betting that the Lightning could win all 3 of those games, not that I advocate wagering on high school sports, mind you. Nine words: Joey King has more help than Tyus Jones does. Now the challenge will be to avoid a let-down against Rosemount or Prior Lake this coming week.
2. Hopkins 12-1. Nothing against the Royals but they drop from #1 through no fault of their own. Eastview just had too big of a week. But if the Lightning and Royals should meet for the state tournament 2 months hence, and if neither has lost a game in the interim, it will still be called an upset if Hopkins should lose, don't you think?
3. Benilde-St. Margaret's (Class AAA) 11-1. Beat Hopkins, lost to Eastview.
4. Lakeville North 11-1. Lost only to Eastview, beat Eden Prairie.
5. Eden Prairie 9-2. Lost only to Lakeville North and Benilde, but beat Apple Valley.
6. Apple Valley 10-2. Lost to Eastview and Eden Prairie. Two words: Tyus Jones.
7. Wayzata 13-0. Hard to tell how good they are, they haven't really played or beaten anybody.
8. Minnetonka 11-2. Rebuilding rapidly under 2nd year coach Tom Dasovich. Lost to Benilde and Dasovich's former team, Henry Sibley.
9. Osseo 12-1. Lost only to Champlin Park.
10. Mpls. Washburn (Class AAA) 10-1. Lost only to Lakeville North.
11. Spring Lake Park (Class AAA) 10-1. Lost only to Eastview, won at Tartan.
12. Moorhead 9-1. Lost only to Eastview.
13. Duluth East 5-7. An unconventional choice, but all losses were with senior Johnny Woodard and 7-foot post Adoldo Manyang out. Woodard is scoring 30 ppg and the Greyhounds are unbeaten since his return.
14. Grand Rapids (Class AAA) 11-2. Austin Pohlen and Alex Illikainen make the Thunderhawks a threat in AAA.
15. Tartan 9-3. Lost only to Apple Valley, Duluth East and Spring Lake Park.
16. Chanhassan 9-4. Lost to Lakeville North, Hopkins and Eden Prairie...oh, and Buffalo. A program on the rise.
17. Roseville 9-3
and Woodbury 10-2. The Royals beat the Raiders, but for the moment it's still hard to separate the 2 of them.
19. Champlin Park 9-3. Lost only to Lakeville North, Spring Lake Park and Maple Grove.
20. Mounds View 9-3. In the running with Roseville and Woodbury for the Suburban East title.
They Also Ran--Perham 11-1 and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 11-0 are #1 in Class AA and Class A, respectively. My intuition is that the AA champion in any given year is probably around the #25AAAA team, and the A champion is probably below the middle of the pack among the approximately 64 Class AAAA teams (i.e. #32ish). Also Honorable Mention among the bigger schools are Owatonna 10-3, Prior Lake 6-6, Rochester Century 10-3, Mahtomedi 7-3, Maple Grove 7-4.